Characters: Rin Ogata, Tamayo Kataoka, Tenshirou Okakura, Suzuri Uchida, Shouko Uemura
Story Type: One-shot perspective
Summary: Rin Ogata has many regrets; Suzuri-chan dying is one of them.
Disclaimer: I do not own any characters from the RideBack series.
Spoilers: This was written from the point of view of Rin Ogata right after episode 10 of the anime series. I have not watched episode 11 yet of how Rin handles Suzuri's death, but that one part of the anime still remains vivid in my memory.
Warnings/Notes: I haven't written any fanfiction in the longest time. I'm pretty rusty with writing in general, but forgive me if it makes your eyes bleed.
I first met her with Shouko in the university cafeteria. She seemed so innocent – well, she was a fan, after all. A cute, innocent, carefree fan.
We got along pretty quickly and pretty soon we were in the RideBack club together.
Suzuri, I'm so sorry.
Tamayo-senpai said that we would meet up with you right after the anti-GGP demonstration. We would take the subway and meet you at the designated location. It just so happened that we saw you riding the Balon with the anti-GGP flag in its hand.
You were saying something to me. Something important.
Rin-san! I want to see you dance again! Please dance on stage again!
Perhaps I would've known if I could red lips. Perhaps I would've known if I had come out of hiding earlier.
Perhaps you would have never said anything if I never got on Fuego. It was because of that RideBack that you joined the RideBack club with me. You wanted to still be my fan, even after I quit ballet due my injured ankle.
It is nothing but my regret.
You were killed because of me.
Because of Fuego.
Because of Okakura-san.
He did say that Fuego was his biggest regret. He was the one who built and programmed that godforsaken machine.
Even with Shouko, all I wanted to do was save her, but look at the mess I am in. I am wanted by the GGP, the BMA, and I am apparently a symbol of hope to the people who continue to resist the GGP.
But how can I go on if all I do is hurt people?
Shouko was so traumatized after I tried to save her.
You, Suzuri-chan, were killed because you were mistaken as me, the "RideBack girl".
I want this to stop.
I want this terrorism to end.
But most of all, I never want to ride a RideBack ever again.
I want to bring you back.
Why can't I protect the people I love the most?
Tamayo-senpai hugged me tightly after the GGP officer took a swing at you, Suzuri-chan. All I saw was blood spatter and I couldn't look. I didn't want to taint that pure memory of you cheering me on. Tamayo-senpai probably thought the same – I have never seen her so scared… and angry.
Even after we were several hundred feet from the area, I heard Shouko scream. The scream is still ringing in my ears, reminding me of how I hurt you.
I really wanted to lash out at Okakura-san later that night, but all I could say was,
"Fuego is just a regret.
It is mine and yours together."
A regret that will haunt me to my death.
Gomenasai, Suzuri-chan. I couldn't save you.